An international exchange of experience, including with the members of the Supervisory Board, was at the centre of the new Scientific Advisory Board‘s discussions.
Besides the constituent meeting of the FWF Supervisory Board, 9 December also saw the first meeting of the Austrian Science Fund’s international Scientific Advisory Board which was introduced by the FWF in early May. The new Board's task is to provide independent advice and support for the FWF‘s quality assurance activities. This enables the FWF to draw on additional international expertise and know-how in the area of funding strategies. With the help of the new Scientific Advisory Board, the FWF aims to further enhance the quality and efficiency of decision-making procedures and administrative structures, to further develop the funding portfolio and to pursue innovative paths in the dialogue between science and society. The FWF thus applies the same high international standards to its internal processes and strategies as it does to the project applications it reviews and funds.
At this first meeting, items discussed in detail by the Scientific Advisory Board included the planned excellence initiative, the further development of career programmes and the future of funding for top-level research in Austria and Europe.
Scientific Advisory Board
The FWF was able to attract eight outstanding scientists from five European countries that are innovation leaders to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board. The members contribute perspectives from different scientific disciplines and draw on many years of experience in research strategy. The group meets once a year in Vienna. Stephen Curry is the spokesperson of the Scientific Advisory Board.
The members of the SAB (in alphabetical order)
- Jutta Allmendinger, Professor of Educational Sociology and Labor Market Research, Humboldt University Berlin; President of the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre
- Dymph van den Boom, Professor of Educational Sciences, University of Amsterdam; Former Rector of the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
- Stephen Curry, Professor of Structural Biology, Imperial College London; panel member of the European Research Council (ERC)
- Lino Guzzella, Professor of Thermotronics, ETH Zurich; Former President of ETH Zurich
- Hermann Parzinger, Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology, Freie Universität Berlin; President of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin
- Sarah de Rijcke, Professor of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, Scientific Director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University; Co-chair of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI)
- Sverker Sörlin, Professor of History of Science, Technology and Environment; KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm; Member of the Swedish Climate Policy Council
- Ulrike Tillmann, Professor of Mathematics, Oxford University; Council Member of the Royal Society, United Kingdom